The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

19th February, 2017



From the Parish Priest's Desk

Dear brothers & sisters in Christ,

This is a continuation of the interview with Carlo Cardinal Caffarra which was published in Il Foglio on January 14th 2017. Translated by Andrew Guernsey..

“Only a blind man can deny that there is great confusion in the Church. An interview with Carlo Cardinal Caffarra"


Lenten regulations: the penitential season of Lent commences on Ash Wednesday, 1st March. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fasting, and Abstinence from meat. One full meal and two collations (light snacks) are permitted on Fast Days. The other days of Lent are also days of Penance, except for Sundays, and the Solemnities of St Patrick, St Joseph and the Annunciation. On Days of penance, the law is fulfilled by performing any of the following: prayer, self denial (e.g. fasting or abstinence), or the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. All who have completed their eighteenth year and have not begun their sixtieth year are bound to fast on the prescribed days. All who have completed their fourteenth year are bound to abstain. Each of the Faithful is obliged worthily to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This precept is fulfilled between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday, unless for good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year. begins with Ash Wednesday on 1st March.

Cook wanted: The Fathers’ long-standing cook, Maree, has retired. We are looking for a new cook (permanent paid position) to prepare lunch for the Fathers and any guests from Monday through Friday (as well as for occasional evening and weekend events). Normally one would arrive at 12.00pm to prepare and cook for a 1.00pm start. Cleaning up would take the next hour and one would finish at 2.00pm. Anyone interested is invited to contact Fr Tattersall for more details, including proposed conditions. Please feel free to pass on details of the position to those outside the parish who may be interested.

Volunteers needed to assist with collection count: we would be grateful for some more volunteers from among existing parishioners to assist with the weekly collection count. This usually takes place on Tuesday mornings, and takes about an hour. Training will be provided. Interested and available parishioners are invited to contact the Bookkeeper, Chris Tyrrell:, or to speak with Fr Tattersall.

The Wolff pipe organ has now been removed from the gallery and restoration work is underway. The work is being undertaken by Hargraves Pipe Organ Pty Ltd under the supervision of Organ Historical Trust of Australia. Its return is expected mid September 2017. The pipe organ is the traditional musical instrument for the Sacred Liturgy in the Roman Rite as it powerfully lifts up man's mind to God and to higher things. The Wolff has become an essential part of this parish’s celebration of the Sacred Liturgy. By happy coincidence its tone fits the acoustic of St Aloysius’ church. As well, the instrument is of great historical and cultural value, being one of the few surviving works of pioneer South Australian organ builder J W Wolff. Thanks to the generosity of parishioners and others, the appeal has already reached half its target. Another $60,000 is needed. Donations are tax-deductible and may be made by cash or cheque using the brochure in the vestibule or by EFT online through the parish website.

Stewardship and the Newman Parish – planned giving: new Parishioners are invited to consider pledging their regular financial support for the support of the clergy who serve them, and for the needs of the Newman Parish. Existing Parishioners are also urged to review their contributions, in proportion to their means. Pledge forms are available in the vestibule. Envelopes for 2017 are now available for collection from the vestibule after the Sunday Masses, or from the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 3 pm. Planned giving by electronic means (direct debit or credit card) is preferred, but envelopes will continue to be available for those who wish.

Notre Dame Priory – Foundation Day: Wednesday, 22nd February. Let us pray for God’s blessing upon the traditional Benedictine Foundation that commences this Wednesday in Colebrook, Tasmania. May Our Lord grant the grace of perseverance to Fr Pius and his aspirants, through the intercession of Our Lady, St Joseph and St Benedict. For developments, please see the Priory’s website: